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Country review now transparent, all-inclusive – Akobundu

The National Coordinator/ Chief Executive Officer of  African Union Development Agency/ New Partnership For Africa”s Development (AUDA – NEPAD ) , Hon. Princess Gloria Akobundu has stated that African Peer Review Mechanism Nigeria and the National Governing  Council have made the review a transparent and all-inclusive one  in line with the APRM guidelines.

She stated this during the Imo state government APRM Nigeria, South East Zonal Stakeholders Town hall meeting,  with the Country Review Mission CRM For the validation of country self-assessment Report (CSAR) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  held at Concorde hotel Owerri, last weekend.

Princess Akobundu noted that African Peer Review Mechanism APRM has the primary objective of enhancing political stability through adoption of policies and standard practices adding that it promotes high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated regional and continental economic integration.

Akobundu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Hope Uzodimma and other stakeholders for their overwhelming supports that led to the success of the second review programme.

The Governor of Imo state ably represented by his deputy, Prof Placid Njoku thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Coordinator of the programme, Princess Gloria Akobundu and other stakeholders for choosing Imo state in South East for the programme.

 Prof Njoku noted that the South Easterners are interested in the review mechanism as it’s aimed at bringing good governance to the region. He promised to send the feelings of Imo people to the governor.

Njoku stated further that the essence of the constitutional review is to correct the ill feelings, marginalisation, inequities and deprivations in the South East region.

One of the contributors who is a legislator in the Imo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uju Onwudiwe urged the federal government to improve the educational standard in Imo state and South East.

She also called on the federal government to provide adequate health Care system by equipping the hospitals, health centers etc.

Other stakeholders and participants are of the opinion that the federal government should provide constant electricity, standard roads and bridges, other infrastructures  as it will help to create employment opportunities for the people and create enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

The highlights included giving and receiving of awards and exchange of pleasantries by the participants.

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